After spending an entire day sprawled on Daniel’s various pieces of furniture, the last thing I wanted to do was go out to eat – but alas! No choice.. and it was to my great displeasure that I was dragged out (in the rain!) to the Chinese side of Eastwood to feast on crappy pho.
I was the lone loser standing outside, taking photographs of the carniverous cow ! ..everyone else was already inside, ordering T_T
As soon as you step into Pho Nam Viet, you’re immediately given a huge silver thermos accompanied with boiling plastic cups of tea (which really just tastes like hot water ..but coloured), as well as menus thrown in your face.
The one thing that irked me was that the waitresses didn’t give us enough menus to share between the eight of us – which was pretty lame, all things considered. Although when Sidney spilt his tea all over the table, I’d have to give them credit for being super speeedy in bustling around and cleaning it all up XD
Since I was half asleep, I don’t remember how much everything was …but all the meals were about ten dollars anyway, give or take a dollar.
Crispy chicken and red rice – $10 ?
Vermicelli with stirfried beef and lemon grass – $9.50
Chicken fried rice – $10
Pork Chop red rice
I think the pork chops here were really tough and chewy, because Angela couldn’t finish it (but then apparently she says she never finishes anythinggg). Tomato rice is definitely one of my loves, though <3
Beef and rice ..?
Some beef and rice concoction that Goon ordered ..he had no idea what this was, either .. and can you believe that they actually served it to him, looking like THAT ?!
Definitely not winning any Masterchef food presentation awards with this dish!
Hahaha, no I kid. :)
After walking past another pho place on Rowe St, Sisi and I had a huuuge craving for pho. I didn’t really feel like eating meat, though, but unfortunately you can’t get plain old pho anywheree (or if you can, I haven’t found it yet =( ) ! Unfortunately, the waitresses were getting pretty impatient so I just settled on the first (or third) recommendation I was given.
Combination chicken noodle soup – $9.50
And can I just say (for want of a better word) …..it was CRAP.
It has literally been years since I haven’t finished a meal, and maybe it was because I was feeling really sick, or really lethargic, that I was too tired to finish this off …who knows.
Such was this anomaly that Rosy came up after everyone but me had finished eating, and immediately assumed that I’d ordered 2 meals instead ..when in actual fact, I was still slugging away over the first one
Then again, they say everything tastes better when you’re hungry ….so if we apply the inverse, it explains why I didn’t finish it!
I ended up leaving more than half behind – IMO the chicken wasn’t particularly good (some of it was tooo soft, other pieces were too stringy), the soup was pretty bland (and oily!), and the noodles were nothing spectacular. As for the egg yolks, that chalky looking piece of plastic is enough to turn anyone off eating there, forever.
Not to say that this is a bad place to eat ! I’m sure lots of other people enjoyed their meals, and I’d definitely come again (when I’m not feeling like I’m about to faint) to see if the food is good or not! ..and also because I guess I’m just not a very picky person.
Pho Nam Viet (visited 22/05/09)
142 Rowe St
Eastwood NSW 2122
Ph: (02) 9874 0929
Fax: (02) 9874 0953